I arrived at the Bloomsburg Nationals on Thursday afternoon with the RV and my wife, Wendy, joined me later with all of the supplies and canopy so we could set up on Manufacturers Midway. We got a space between the AACA Museum’s booth and the MSD trailer. Once we had everything set up and anchored down, I settled in for the night.
On Friday the cars, trucks, rods, etc. made their way onto the grounds to claim their space for the weekend. There was no set order for the show as it was referred to as a Fun Field. There was no judging of the rides involved either as the awards are picked by a panel of celebrities (Fair Board President, Mayor of Bloomsburg, etc.) who were from area businesses or car clubs.
They give out 48 awards for the show. There were an estimated 800 cars in attendance and approximately 20,000 spectators over the 3 day period. This is up from past years considerably. This event continues to grow. Really great turnout! They also had Movie Car Madness in one building and featured cars from Smokey and the Bandit, Knight Rider, Back to the Future, My Cousin Vinny, X-Men, Dukes of Hazzard, Joe Dirt, etc. Saturday afternoon the participants lined up for a parade into town called Friday Afternoon Gridlock during which several hundred cars cruise into town and line the main street.
On Friday night the Flamethrowers were on the track and put on a heck of a show. It is hard to believe the heat that these cars put out. I was sitting in the stands filming with my phone and thought it was going to melt. It was not a happy phone at that point.
Saturday brought more attendees and the fun field was filled quickly. I was gravitated to two especially beautiful rides: A 1949 Pontiac Tin Woody owned by Rodney Updegrave, Sr. and a 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Hard Top owned by Rodney Updegrave, Jr. I took several pictures of both cars and while I was walking around and commenting on the rides to the owners. Rodney, Jr. made mentioned he was on Cool Rides and also won Ride of the Month for November. His CRO username is Rodster56. Overall, I gave away a lot of samples, literature, CRO certificates, and information. In my opinion, the booth was very successful!
Also on Saturday was a wing eating contest sponsored by Quaker Steak and Lube. Participants had to eat 10 wings the fastest and cleanest. Nine of them were Atomic wings and one was a Triple Atomic. They needed to sign a waiver to eat the last one. I walked down to see this while getting lunch and took some pictures. I also had my picture taken with Coop, the Quaker Steak and Lube mascot. Other events on Saturday were the slow drag, teeter-totter, burnout contest, and Demo Derby. I was able to see the end of the demo derby and could see the smoke from the burnouts. There were bands on both nights for the people to enjoy. There was never a shortage of things to do.
On Sunday most of the participants came back for their awards as well as the winner’s parade. Rodney, Sr. won the Mayor’s choice and Rodney, Jr. won an award as well. I asked them to come and park in front of the stand so I could take some pictures in front of the GE/CRO tent and a lot of people came by and started taking pictures and talking about 303® and CRO. I also found another member of the CRO family with a beautiful 67 Plymouth GTX Hemi owned by David Zavetsky known as Hemi Dave on the Forums.
So, this is a great event to go to if you happen to be in the Bloomsburg, PA area mid-August. Bring your ride in for a great time. Mark your calendars for August 12-14, 2016!
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